Julie didn't do any homework in high school, even though homework counted 20% of her grade. Her counselor told her she wouldn't graduate unless she did a project consisting of answering 50 questions on line. She got her best friend to complete the assignment and graduated on time with her class.
Bob didn't like getting all sweaty in gym class. His counselor told him he could not graduate missing three physical education credits but he could make the credits up by going to a gym. His brother was an avid gym goer and signed Bob's name whenever he went. He made up two credits this way and the third credit by signing in for Saturday gym and then sitting in the auditorium. He also graduated on time with his class.
Beth failed because of her excessive absences. She made them all up by going to boot camp during spring break. She too graduated on time.
Mitch has a 30 average in math. Department policy passed all students who passed the regents. Mitch scored a 65, which meant he got 27 out of 85 points correct. Mitch passed math and got his diploma.
Mitch, Bob, Julie and Beth are all college students now. All are failing at least one course. They are upset because there is nothing they can do to help themselves. The final they must pass is a real test and even that doesn't guarantee a passing grade in the class. They never thought the college would stick to the policy explained in the beginning of the semester. High school, aside from not providing an education, did not even provide any basis for survival in real life.